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Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: North Hampton, N.H.
High School: Phillips Exeter Academy


2017-18: Member of the V4 for the first two regattas of the spring … Started the year with nearly a 12-second victory at the Carolina Cup with a time of 7:30.9 … Helped Duke win the Carolina Cup with 99 overall points and a sweep of all five races … At the first day of competition at the Clemson Invitational, placed third in 7:16.32, trailing only No. 17 Indiana and No. 12 Wisconsin … Secured a second-place finish in 7:18.12 to kick off the final day of racing to qualify for the A Final where they finished in sixth (7:14.31) … Helped guide the team to a seventh-place finish at the highly competitive Clemson Invitational as the unranked Blue Devils bested then No. 18 Syracuse and No. 20 Oklahoma in the team standings … Transitioned to the 2V8 … Notched a first-place performance against No. 15 Michigan State (6:50.5) and a second-place finish against No. 4 Ohio State (6:39.8) in dual action in Columbus … For the first time in program history, all five boats qualified for the Grand Final at the ACC Championship where Duke finished third as a team with 72 points … In the first heat of the 2V8 prelims, Duke took third in 6:44.1 … Concluded the season in fourth in the Grand Final with a time of 6:37.9 … Named a CRCA Student-Athlete … Earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2016-17: Member of the 2V8 before transitioning to the V8 for the conference championship … Helped Duke win the Carolina Cup with 99 overall points by winning its race in 6:47.3, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Clemson … Blazed through the morning race at the Longhorn Invite, taking the heat in 6:16.643 to earn a place in the A Final … Finished third in the A Final, clocking a time of 6:31.665 … In Columbus, Ohio, placed fourth against No. 3 Michigan (6:28.9), No. 4 Ohio State (6:32.0) and Notre Dame (6:43.6), crossing the finish line in 6:43.9 … Placed fifth in the Clemson Invitational A Final with a time of 6:44.582 … The Blue Devils trailed four top-15 teams with No. 5 Texas (6:36.489), No. 11 Wisconsin (6:38.934), No. 4 Ohio State (6:42.267) and No. 10 Virginia (6:43.664) … Duke eased past No. 15 Syracuse (6:47.842) and No. 20 Indiana (6:49.889) … Earned a trip to the A Final with a second-place performance in its first heat (6:28.847) and third (7:38.351) in the second heat … Won the Dale England Cup race with a time of 6:50.50 to squeak past No. 16 Indiana (6:50.74) and hold off Notre Dame (6:52.50) and San Diego (7:04.57) …Transitioned to the V8 for the championship regatta…… In the ACC Championship Grand Final, claimed fourth in a loaded race, crossing the line in 6:27.267 … Landed in the Grand Final after claiming second in the morning session’s opening heat with a time of 6:44.743, trailing only Syracuse’s 6:43.756 mark … named to the All-ACC Academic team and ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Duke: Rowed during the spring season since freshman year and played basketball in the winter at Phillips Exeter Academy … for final fall and winter, decided to focus solely on rowing … rowed for head coach Sally Morris … during sophomore year, sat stroke seat on Exeter's third boat (JV) to place second at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships while the program won the overall points trophy … a year later, again sat stroke seat, but on the V8 and helped it to a fifth-place showing at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships … capped career by filling the two seat on the V4, which took 26th at the Head of the Charles Regatta … the boat was the only one selected from Exeter to race at the Charles and rowed under Squamscott River Club … with Exeter, sat four seat on the V8 and claimed second at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships as the program again took the overall points trophy … finished off senior year in the four seat on the V8 that placed second at the National Scholastic Rowing Regatta … selected as a Student Listener (peer advisor) as a senior and awarded high or highest academic honors every trimester of high school career.

Personal: Born April 9, 1998, to Susan and Guilford Spencer … has an older brother, Ford … father played basketball and lacrosse at Kenyon College (1970-74) and mother played volleyball and swam at Rutgers (1974-76) … brother was a water polo player at Princeton (2010-12). 

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